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126                           LETTERS   FROM   THE

with the consent of her mother and guardians ;
but soon after their return from the wedding,
she disappeared, leaving a message for her bride-
groom, that she meant to be divorced the next
day, as she had only married to get out of her
mother's clutches.

I must tell you another trait: a young man
and woman were attached to each other, but
could not marry because they had not a shilling.
There was an old aunt of the girl's who had a
great deal of money, and who was in love with
the young man. He encouraged her passion, and
at last consented to become her husband on con-
dition she made over all her property to him on
their marriage. She did so; they were married,
and her fortune put in his power. No sooner
was this done than he abandoned her, procured a
divorce, and married her niece.

The Blue Nuns are quiet in their house, and
live upon what they can earn.

Lord Malmesbury is extremely attentive to
me, and I hope I may be able to do him an
essential service by bringing Sir Sidney Smith's
affair to a proper determination. I have every
reason to expect I shall succeed. The French
ministers are exceedingly softened, and I believe
that I shall to-morrow have leave to see him.